The day Formula 1 died...a question that comes up again and again in every decade..
In the late 60´s, early 70´s the "real" race fans moaned about the so called modern type of racing drivers which seemed so totally focussed on succeeding in the sport, keeping themselves fit and healthy.
They used crash helmets, safety belts and raised their voice for safer race tracks. No longer heroic men behind the wheel but boys anonymized under their helmets hidden in their sponsored cars
Now, 50 years later these "boys" are seen as "heroes" whereas the current F1 state is getting critizied...wonder how it will be seen in 50 years
I think we all tend to glorify the decade we get hooked to the sport, mostly in our early teens.
For me I don´t have a special interest in the cigar shaped 60´s style cars nor the earlier ones, but from the 70´s onwards it´s the cars, the races, the drivers, the helmets...all the stuff that means "F1" to me.
That all fizzeled out during the early 2000 with the ongoing "Schumania" and all the politics and team orders during that time.
For me the cars weren´t "sexy" anymore, the helmet designs getting duller, the drivers all so political correct, money rules over talent…...and hey, now i`m going to sound like the "real" race fans from 50 years ago
But life is a constant change and development as is the Sport and the enthusiasm of the youth is getting softened by age and experience and the look back may be falsified by rose tinted sunglasses.
In every decade there were dull races, drivers earning their seat not by talent but money, team orders, politics…
I watched F1 this year live in Hockenheim on Saturday and was REALLY impressed by the sheer cornering speed of the current F1 cars although they are nowhere near as "sexy" as my favorite cars from the 90´s
But current F1 has and will find their "real" fans...and I bet they will also moan in 50 years
Edited by funformula, 26 October 2019 - 10:37.